Superabundant (Redwood) has been a work in progress and the patient approach was rewarded with success at Mudgee on Sunday.
The Gerry Harvey-bred and owned four-year-old broke his maiden over 1600 metres after consecutive third placings and trainer Stephen Jones is keen to see the gelding in a middle-distance role.
“He’s by Redwood so he’ll go a bit further, we’ll probably step him up now,” Jones said.
He jumped well from the barriers to keep the leaders within his sights for rider Koby Jennings and, from third at the top of the straight, cut loose in the closing 300 metres to sail home by a length and three-quarters.
“He’s always showed a fair bit and has just kept improving with time,” Jones said.
Superabundant is out of the Exceed And Excel mare Excessively and is a half-brother to a pair of multiple winners, including Tarzino’s son Tarex who also finished runner-up in the G3 Winx Guineas.
In foal again to Tarzino, Excessively is a half-sister to the G2 Bill Stutt Stakes winner Barbaricus who placed at Group 1 level in the Mackinnon Stakes and the Caulfield Cup.
The pedigree also has a rich international flavour and features the international stakes winners Attire, also second in the G1 Italian Oaks, American Devil, Bella Isnarde, Silca Key Service, Lion D’Anvers and Holy Orders.
Meanwhile, Swiss Ace colt Holy Racket also capped off the encouraging start he has made to his career with a breakthrough victory Bairnsdale on Sunday.
The Gerry Harvey-bred three-year-old is raced by Price Bloodstock and was a A$120,000 purchase at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.
Prepared by leading jockey Craig Williams’ father Allan and his brother Jason, Holy Racket had placed in both of his previous two appearances and made no mistake in the hands of Brian Higgins over 1000 metres.
He began quickly from the outside gate to sit outside the pace and rounded off strongly in the run home to wear down the leader and open his winning account.
The chestnut is the first winner for the Redoute’s Choice mare Katie’s Choice, a daughter of the multiple black- type winner Kakakakatie, who is a half-sister to the multiple winners and stakes performers Sebrakate and Quattro Katie.
Since Holy Racket, Katie’s Choice has produced a pair of colts by Reliable Man and is due to foal this season to Hello Youmzain.